This collaborative online exhibit explores the often unseen efforts Art Educators take to create a safe and functional learning environment, specifically with the challenges presented during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These works are fully functioning DIY UV C Sanitizing Cabinets developed by each artist in response to the return to teaching in-person at the 2020-2021 academic year.
This exhibit showcases the ingenuity and innovation of the participants. Communities served and impacted are discussed at each Art Educators' gallery.
Additional themes and questions arise in creating and exhibiting these works including the very complicated reality of opening schools for face-to-face instruction: Should teachers procure or create their own protective gear? What risks do schools and teachers assume? What vulnerabilities are confronted in our current and temporary circumstances? What are our current preconceptions and boundaries of the concept of protection?
These functional sculptures will sit in an Art Classroom Studio, being interacted with for one year (June 2020 - June 2021). Six Toes Studio acknowledges and thanks each participant of this exhibit for their unique contributions to Art and Art Education. Please learn more about each Artist Educator by visiting their gallery and any accompanying links.
The original DIY UV C Sanitizing Cabinet Prototype was based off the Flynn Scientific Goggle Sanitizer. I was able to build a prototype for half the expense using commonly found items. In order to protect teachers, school, and non-profits from pandemic profiteering, I patented and copyrighted the work and shared the plans and research widely.